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J.P. Plachecki

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Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense
J.P. Plachecki
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J.P. Plachecki
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J.P. Plachecki is a Winona native who attended Cotter High School (best actor 1978; three year varsity football defensive captain-Cotter record six straight defensive shutouts), BA St. Mary's University of Minnesota, cum laude, JD Hamline University Law School (dean's list), LLM Boston University School of Law. He served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. He returned to his hometown in 1994 to join the law firm of Darby, Delano & Price. He focuses his practice on representing accused persons in criminal matters throughout the Midwest.

He won a landmark Minnesota Supreme Court decision in State v. Burbach. See J.P. Plachecki arguing the case of State v. Burbach at the Minnesota Supreme Court. He has been selected as a Minnesota Superlawyer including each year from 2005 through 2023. In 2007 and 2008 he was named by Minnesota Law & Politics as one of the top 40 criminal defense attorneys in Minnesota. He was featured in "The Winona Boys", an article in the April/May 2008 issue of Minnesota Law & Politics. He has tried criminal cases all over the State of Minnesota and was co-counsel on a Minnesota case with George Parnham (frequent legal commentator on CNN and counsel to Andrea Yates). For ten years he tried cases in the Midwest with Minnesota's most famous criminal defense attorney, Douglas Walser Thomson. He previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Winona State University.


  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • LL.M.
  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D.
  • Cotter High School, Winona, Minnesota
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota

Bar Admission

  • Minnesota, 1986
  • Massachusetts, 1986

Representative Cases

  • State v. Burbach, No. A04-1530, 2005


  • Top 40 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Minnesota - Minnesota Law & Politics, 2007 - 2008
  • SuperLawyer 2005 - 2023
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel